Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, Nigeria in 1930. His first work, was hugely influential and has been translated into over forty languages. Achebe’s subsequent novels include , , , and which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He was the winner of the 2007 Man Booker International Prize. His work includes the volumes of poetry and , the short-story collection r, and the children’s book . In 1971 Achebe helped to found the influential literary magazine , which he edited in the United States from 1972, having accepted the post of Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His other writings include the essay collections , which he later expanded under the title ; and . Chinua Achebe has received more than twenty honorary doctorates and he is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Chinua Achebe died on 21st March 2013 in Boston, USA aged 82.
Chinua Achebe, , was Africa's best-known novelist and the founding father of African fiction. The publication of his first novel, , in 1958 not only contested European narratives about Africans but also challenged traditional assumptions about the form and function of the novel. His creation of a hybrid that combined oral and literary modes, and his refashioning of the English language to convey Igbo voices and concepts, established a model and an inspiration for other novelists throughout the African continent.
In many ways Chinua Achebe's early fiction defined modern Africanliterature, and it is not possible to underestimate the importance ofhis example. More than any other African author writing in English,Achebe has Helped the world understand the value of African culturewithout ignoring the difficult problems that African nations face inthe post-colonialist era.
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died at age 82, his British publisher, Penguin Books, confirmed to Friday. Born in Nigeria in 1930, Achebe was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria.
Achebe in 2008
|Born||Albert Chinualumogu Achebe
16 November 1930
Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate
|Died||21 March 2013
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies Brown University (2009–2013)Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature Bard College (1990–2008)
|Notable works||The African Trilogy:
–Things Fall Apart,
–No Longer at Ease,
–Arrow of God;
Also, A Man of the People, and
Anthills of the Savannah.